Denzel Washington has already proven his directorial talents with the 2016 period drama Fences which earned four Oscar bids. He is set to return to the director’s chair with the upcoming drama A Journal for Jordan which is going to be an adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dana Canedy’s eponymous memoir.
Written in 2008, the memoir recounts the passing of her fiancé who fought in the Iraq war and died there. It focuses on the journal that he left behind for their son which contained profound teachings like: “It’s not fair to judge someone by the colour of their skin, where they’re raised or their religious beliefs, he wrote. Appreciate people for who they are and learn from their differences.”
Canedy explained the decision to document all of it by claiming: “I needed to do something with my grief, after Charles died, something productive.” Although it was announced back in 2018 that Denzel Washington would direct and co-produce a film adaptation of Canedy’s work, the project is finally going to be released in December of this year. Starring Michael B. Jordan and with a script by Oscar-nominated writer Virgil Williams, A Journal for Jordan promises to be a noteworthy production.
“I’ve done a lot of physical roles, because that’s been my appetite. I’m 34; the last seven years has been (about) physically developing into your sweet spot,” Jordan said.
“I felt safe to be able to go into this, to explore these characters, and to be vulnerable in that type of way… Everybody wants to work with [Washington], and he’s a very selective guy. So the fact that he wanted to work with me was a huge deal for me.”
Watch the trailer for Denzel Washington’s new film A Trailer for Jordan, starring Michael B. Jordan below.